For the third time ever the WWE is breaking out their 3 Stages of Hell gimmick. It isnâ€™t the Hell in a Cell match, which I predicted yesterday, but itâ€™s the only gimmick which is actually more rare, so Iâ€™ll count it as a partial win in predicting what would occur. This match has produced two of the better WWE matches this decade, one between Triple H and Shawn Michaels, another between Triple H and Steve Austin, though this has little chance of living up to the quality of those two.
First off, for the unaware, a Three Stages of Hell match is a two out of three falls match where each fall has a different stipulation. The stipulations immediately put this match at a disadvantage compared to previous attempts. With Shawn Michaels, they really went all out, with a Street Fight, a Cage Match and finally a Ladder Match. That was three sick gimmicks with huge bumps all around. For the Steve Austin match, they began more slowly with a normal match before going to a Street Fight and then finally a Cage. This match with Randy Orton features a normal match, which weâ€™ve seen a hundred times and is always boring, a falls count anywhere match, which merely guarantees those live in attendance wonâ€™t be able to see half the match, and finally a stretcher match, which is among the most boring stipulations in wrestling, that has a lot of both performers being carried around instead of actually fighting.
Next is the obvious- there is no comparison between Triple H of that era and Triple H now. Back then he was putting on classics with everyone. Heâ€™s years away from coming close to either of those performances. Of course, he isnâ€™t wrestling alone. Randy Ortonâ€™s best match wouldnâ€™t make Shawn Michaels or Steve Austin, two top five all time wrestlers of the modern era, top twenty. Add in that you can make a case that Hunter is both Austin and Michaels top opponent (youâ€™d probably lose the argument, but thereâ€™s a case to be made) and that Orton has no chemistry with Triple H and what you come up with is something that can only sully the legacy of what has been an amazing type of match thus far.
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